Most international students aren’t eligible for publicly funded healthcare—but Studentsafe–University insurance should cover your medical expenses.
What you’re eligible for
Unless you’re on a New Zealand Aid Programme Scholarship, your treatment is only covered by the public health system if:
If you’re on Studentsafe–University, your health insurance covers you for your medical expenses, including some dental and optical costs.
Getting medical help
During business hours
The cost of your appointment is covered by your insurance—if you’re on Studentsafe–University, we’ll invoice your insurer directly. If you have another type of insurance, you may have to pay up front and arrange a claim with your insurer later.
If you need to see a doctor outside of business hours, you can go to:
Wellington Accident & Urgent Medical Centre
17 Adelaide Road, Newtown
Phone: +64-4-384 4944
They’re open from 8am to 11pm. You don’t need to make an appointment before you go.
You may need to pay up front—keep all your receipts and talk to the Victoria International insurance adviser about making an insurance claim.
In an emergency
Call 111 for an ambulance. Ambulances in Wellington are free.
You can take a prescription to any pharmacy in town.
If you’re on regular medication and want to be sent it from your home country, there are rules you need to follow.
Immunisations or vaccinations
Staying healthy and protecting yourself from preventable illness while you are studying at Victoria University of Wellington is important.
It is recommended that all students are fully immunised against Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Meningococcal ACWY and Pertussis (Whooping Cough).
The Varicella immunisation is also recommended for students who have not had chicken pox the disease or have not already completed a course of the varicella immunisation.
There is a cost for the Meningococcal ACWY, Pertussis and Varicella immunisations. There is no cost for the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) immunisation.
If you are not able to have these immunisations before arriving on campus, you can arrange to get them at Student Health, ideally during Orientation Week.